Marybeth Byrd was born June 1, 1946 in Petersburg, VA, raised by a loving family, and who graduated with high school with honors.
After graduation, she moved to Washington to pursue her professional goals as a nurse’s assistant and physical therapist. She succeeded in her goals. She also began attending Bibleway Church, pastored by Bishop Smallwood Williams. Marybeth accepted Jesus Christ, repented and was baptized in Jesus’ Name, and was filled with the Holy Ghost. She served faithfully in the church.
Marybeth then moved to San Antonio and worked as a telephone operator. She became a member of Greater Lincoln Park Church, pastored by Bishop William Ellis, Sr. She served faithfully in the church, and also in the diocese, and became President of the Texas State Young Peoples Department.
Marybeth was destined for greatness beyond her imagination as she was then called into ministry, becoming an ordained evangelist. God greatly anointed her, and she was soon favored by the Lord to travel the world preaching the Word of God in churches and conferences.
Marybeth married Elder Alvin Byrd in 1982 and their marriage was blessed. Together, Elder Byrd and Evangelist Byrd now served the Lord together in a powerful evangelistic ministry.
Elder Byrd then founded the New Creation Apostolic Church in 1994 and Evangelist Byrd became First Lady Marybeth Byrd. And as always, she served faithfully in the church.
Marybeth had a stellar career in ministry, and then sparkled in so many endeavors. She was recognized for ability to organize church conferences, and to her surprise, was invited to be state chairman for one of the major candidates for president in the 1984 U.S. Presidential election.
Marybeth had a unique voice perfectly suited for broadcasting, and in 1986, she served as the DJ for a weekly gospel music program that was nationally recognized by the radio industry.
Marybeth loved photography, was quite skilled at it, and in 1991, she produced a book of her photography titled “Things That Make Me Happy”.
Marybeth had the gift of genius. She owned and operated a digital copy company in 1993, and she invented the first digital format used by Xerox Corporation. This was a groundbreaking invention. This program she developed was also endorsed by Fuji Corporation.
Marybeth did all of these great things while also being a devoted wife and homemaker, and while providing an anointed Apostolic ministry. Marybeth and Alvin were a loving and devoted couple for 39 years.
Marybeth passed away on March 5, 2021, and will be greatly missed by her husband, the New Creation Church, many churches throughout the country and abroad, and family and friends. She is survived by her husband, many Byrd family relatives, and a host of saints and friends who share her testimony of salvation and the blessed assurance of the resurrection.
Services are to be held at Conqueror’s Assembly, 937 Magnolia, San Antonio, TX on May 20, 2021. Viewing is from 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM. The service is to begin at 11:00 AM. The committal service will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 1701 Austin Highway, San Antonio, TX.
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